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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers Preview - Season 108 Episode 1: The One With The Identical Mascot

Time to get a first peek of what we have

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

I know the beginning of the basketball season is always in the middle of football fever, but Mountaineer Nation has some excitement surrounding the basketball program for this season.

Since the early exit of the NCAA Tournament back in March, I think everyone has forgotten how good the Mountaineer basketball team could be. Last year’s team defeated top-ranked Kansas during a blizzard. They defeated Iowa State in Ames. They also made their first-ever championship game run in the Big 12 Tournament. Oh yeah and this happened:

This season also comes with a few questions. Will Nathan Adrian fill Devin Williams’ role? Who will fill Jaysean Paige’s role as the sixth man? How good is this team without them? Will this season be anything like last season? The honest truth, is that nobody will know until we see them play.

Friday’s game will obviously not answer any of those questions right away, but it’s an opportunity at a first glimpse at what us WVU fans can expect.

If nothing else, it’s an opportunity to get a look at the newly-renovated Coliseum and it’s something to watch while we’re waiting for WVU football Saturdays.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Friday, November 11th

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV

Tickets: General PublicWVU Students

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ROOT Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: XM 383

ODDS

According to OddsShark, Vegas did not open any lines for this game.

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Emmitsburg, Maryland

Series History: WVU leads the series 4-0. All games have been played in Morgantown and the first meeting was in 1988.

Last Time: West Virginia 77, Mount St. Mary’s 62 on November 8, 2013

SB Nation Blog: Mid-Major Madness

Record in 2015-16: 14-19 (10-8 NEC)

Head Coach: Jamion Christian (former assistant at William & Mary and VCU)

NCAA Basketball: Mount St. Mary's at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Shake off the SFA loss, but don’t rest on last season’s laurels either. This is a given, but it is still worth noting. Starting off stale against a team like this would set a horrible tone for the season
  • Keep an eye on Junior Robinson for Mount St. Mary’s. This guy just about always scores in double figures and has seen time in every game he’s played while during his career in Emmitsburg.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

I would say 1. Mount St. Mary’s is a young team coming off an already unimpressive record. I’m about as afraid of MSM as I am of Ralph Wiggum.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

I think that WVU will start off just a little bit sow in the first ten minutes. I think it’s possible within those first ten minutes, West Virginia will only be up by 8 or 9. Bob Huggins will eventually light a fire under the team and will win by 30+. I think at one point or another the Mountaineers will win one of these gimmes by less than ten, but I don’t think this is the one.

West Virginia 93, Mount St. Mary’s 62